Alabama Pathways

Career Guide

What is the Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice?

The Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice is a guide that provides early care and education professionals help with setting career advancement goals. Each individual can identify her/his current place on the Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice, as well as the progressive path to enhanced training and education within the field of early care and education.

The Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice reflects eight (8) levels of Training and Education to guide caregivers and teachers of children from birth through twelve (12) years on the path that promotes high quality care and education. The levels include training, credentials, certificates, and degrees in Child Development and Early Childhood Education with a focus on knowledge and skills specific to early care and education. The Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice includes Elementary Education to support caregivers and teachers of school-age children, beyond regular school hours, in advancing developmentally appropriate practices and promoting life long learning. The Training and Education Resources include agencies, organizations, and institutions that provide training and education specific to early childhood and school-age care.

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Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice

Training and Education

Alabama Early Learning Guidelines (AELG) Credential.


Resources 

Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) Child Care Services Division

DHR Quality Enhancement Contractors

Local, Statewide, Regional and National Professional Child Care Organizations

Training and Education

Short Certificate and/or Certificate in Child Development/Early Care & Education


 Resources

Alabama Community College (ACCS) 2- Year Institutions

Training and Education

Associate in Applied Science/Technology (AAS or AAT) Degree in Child Development/Early Care & Education, and/or Associates in Arts/Sciences (AA or AS) Degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Education including 18 child development/early childhood specific credits.


 

Resources

Alabama Community College System (ACCS) 2-year institutions

Training and Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or Elementary Education including 30 child development/ early childhood education specific credits.


 

Resources

Alabama Commission on Higher Education – Public and Private 4-year Colleges and Universities

Training and Education, 

Master’s Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or  Elementary Education including 15 child development/early education specific credits.


 

Resources

Alabama Commission on Higher Education – Public and Private 4-Year Colleges and Universities

Training and Education

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or Elementary Education including 15 child development/early childhood specific credits.


Resources 

Alabama Commission on Higher Education – Public and Private 4-Year Colleges and Universities

Training and Education

Doctor in Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree or Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or Elementary Education including 15 child development/early childhood specific credits.


 

Resources

Alabama Commission on Higher Education – Public and Private 4-Year Colleges and Universities

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